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National Electronics Museum Visit - WWII related exhibits

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Visited January 9, 2012

        Updated 7-31-12
Würzburg  radar antenna
Würzburg radar

Handie Talkie

SCR 720 antenna
SCR 720 night radar

Anti-aircraft gun
Anti-aircraft gun

Gee receiver
Gee receiver

Proximity fuse
Proximity Fuse

SCR-584 radar
SCR-584 radar

SCR-584 radar antenna
SCR-270 radar

Jones, Knickebein, S-27 radio
Jones & Knickebein


Visit to the National Electronics Museum

We visited the National Electronics Museum January 9, 2012. Located less than 2 miles north of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, it is definitely worth a visit if you are in this area. The museum was easy to get to, and within a block of arriving, we could see the large radar antennas which comfirmed the location.

The exhibits actually begin outdoors, with a collection of large radar antennas. Here you can see, side by side, the first American and German radar which were developed for early warning and detection of aircraft. The American SCR-270 antenna was built for the U.S Army in the days leading up to World War II, and the German FuSE-65 Giant Würzburg was built for the German Luftwaffe. I believe this is the only museum with both on display, and although other museums may include exhibits of electronics, I do not know of any other in north America devoted entirely to this field.

The location is significant since Baltimore has been a center of electronics research since before WWII. A great place for visitors of both technical non-technical backgrounds, the Museum's exhibits cover the history of the defense electronics industry.

With exhibits both outdoors and indoors, the museum focuses on the fundamentals of electricity and significant advances in electronics that have taken place in communications, radar, electronic countermeasures, electro-optics, sonar, and in the exploration of outer space.

The indoor museum features the following exhibits: Fundamentals, Communication, World War II Radar, Electro Optical, Underseas Electronics, Electronic Countermeasures, and Modern Radar, and outdoors is a collection of large radar antennas.

There are a number of displays related to WWII, which show the dramatic advances in radar and electronic computing made by scientists who were recruited for the war effort. The Communications Gallery covers telegraph and radio including exhibits on military radio, the U.S. Army Communication Shelter, and the SCR-399 radio.

Also related to WWII is the early Radar Gallery which covers the development of radar systems and includes exhibits on the SCR-270 Radar and the SCR-584 automatic tracking fire control radar. An air display includes the Proximity Fuze Defeats the V-1, and Night Fighter Radar.

The museum allows photos to be taken, but request that no flash be used in order to prevent damage to artifacts which can be caused by cumulative exposure to light.


*National Electronics Museum info

Location 1745 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, Maryland
Hours 9am to 4pm Monday-Friday
10am to pm Saturday
Admission $3 for adults
$1 students/seniors
Kids 5 and under free.
Parking Free
Library A research library is
available for visitors.

*Museum info as of January 2012.
Check website for changes and more info.